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Don’t let health and safety or employment law mistakes ruin your business

Failure to comply with first aid, fire safety, risk assessment or voluntary worker requirements, for example, could cost you as much as $3,000,000.

An incorrectly-worded letter to an unwell or under-performing worker or a worker requesting flexible hours could see you in court without a leg to stand on.

Make sure mistakes like this don't happen to you.

A recent survey conducted by SafeWork Australia found that many small businesses find health and safety laws complex and difficult to navigate and comply with. Many business owners are particularly unsure about requirements for training, how to investigate incidents… and whether they're meeting all the hundreds of necessary requirements that now apply to every business in Australia.

And navigating employment law can be even harder. Changing legislation, such as the anti-bullying requirements, the challenges of discrimination, and the new gender equality reporting obligations, all mean that it's easy to make a mistake without knowing you're making one.

If you're unsure of the answers to these key questions that so many businesses are asking themselves today, then you may potentially be breaching Australian law. For example:

  • What are legitimate reasons for not granting flexible working arrangements – and why do you need to be careful about not discriminating against people who don't have children?
  • What are the key things you need to include in an Alcohol and Drugs Policy – and what can you do to minimise the risks involved with an office party?
  • How can you get rid of an underperforming employee when prior performance processes have been deficient or absent?
  • Does an office worker using a step ladder count as working at a height and what are the key documents you must have in place before anybody works at height on your premises?
  • Can you dismiss somebody on a fixed term contract if they turn out to be unsuitable for the job?
  • Should you carry out a risk assessment for mental illness? How?
  • Can you make somebody redundant who is on maternity leave?
  • Does your business need to carry out a risk assessment for hazardous substances?

    Every month, businesses like yours face new and increasing challenges when it comes to meeting your legal requirements in the areas of employment law and health and safety – and the consequences of failing can be enormous.

    Whether you need to carry out an investigation, caution an employee or create a risk assessment for a volunteer worker, spending 10 minutes on the phone with us, could be the difference between both you and your workers being protected from unnecessary suffering and expense. We can also save you a lot of time and worry and make you feel safer in the knowledge that you're getting it right.
Call HR Tactics for a confidential discussion - practical, easy to implement, affordable HR solutions for SME's are our forte. Jackie@hrtactics.com.au 0406 146 116